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Breaking News: 6:56 p.m.: There is a power outage in Bonners Ferry in the area of Super 1 Foods. City electrical crews are working on it but at present no cause has been given and no estimate when power will be restored.
BFHS Class of 2023 graduation in pictures
Moyie Springs City Council meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, city hall.
Smoke led rescuers to missing man: After a long shift in the three-day search for missing mushroom hunter Bourathaphon Inthanthanya, Redding, California, a Boundary County Search and Dive Rescue team member was leaving the search area and noticed a small plume of smoke coming from an area with no access to roads or trails. It was the break needed to end Inthanthanya's four day ordeal.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
'Real' seniors invited to awesome senior class party: A ubiquitous part of high school graduation day is the senior class party, typically a last gathering of friends who've often grown up together and shared a common experience before they move on to their own individual futures. For BFHS Class of '23 graduates Grace Hopkins and Kaylee McCabe, class salutatorian, it was about more. It was about honoring seniors who have spent a lifetime giving of themselves for their families and their community, and to give them a chance to share in the enjoyment of their memorable day.
Bound for the future ...
"Started from the bottom, now we're here" is the motto of the Bonners Ferry High School Class of 2023, and "here" came today for a wildly talented class as its members, together for so long, scatter to the winds as they set out to make their way in the world. A large number are bound for college and trade school, thanks in part to class members earning over a million dollars in scholarships. May your futures be bright, Class of '23, and may the friendships forged in the halls of BFHS remain strong for a lifetime.
Missing mushroom hunter found safe: On Wednesday, May 31, 2023, the Boundary County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an overdue and possibly lost hiker. Bourathaphon Inthanthanya, from Redding, California, was looking for wild mushrooms in the Smith Creek area of Boundary County and did not arrive at an agreed upon destination to meet with the rest of his group. He was last seen on Wednesday at about 5 p.m. UPDATE: At about 11:23 a.m. June 3, Boundary County Public Information officer Andrew O'Neel issued notice that mushroom picker Bourathaphon Inthanthanya has been found and was transported to Boundary Community Hospital, where he was treated and released.
Family facing long road to recovery for yet-to-be-born son: Nikki Derhaag's second pregnancy was progressing as expected and she and her husband, Gerrick, delighted in telling their daughter, Hayley Jo, of the impending arrival of her baby brother, Aksel, due July 1. Then, in March they learned that Aksel's diaphragm hadn't developed properly, that he had a congenital diaphragmatic hernia and his heart and lungs were not growing in their proper places.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative meeting, 6 p.m. Monday3, June 12, county annex
Schuman announces candidacy for sheriff: My name is David Schuman. It is my intent to run for Sheriff of Boundary County in the next election. I started my Peace Officer career in 1979, with the U.S Army and traveled the world. Alabama, Utah, Korea twice, Kansas, Germany, Texas and Washington, with multiple combat deployments, the last being Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia.
Bonners Ferry 2023 Memorial Day parade in pictures
Abraham proof positive that life is a pitch: Sarah Abraham grew up home schooled on an Angora goat ranch in Boundary County and last week she graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science in Management and Human Resources with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. Along the way, she improved one business and developed another that she's coming home to launch this summer. She's traveled and won cash prizes. And, she learned a valuable lesson. "Life is a Pitch!"
North Idahoans organize for Open Primaries Initiative work: The Coalition for Open Primaries is beginning what a local volunteer told coalition leader Luke Mayville is the most important Idaho citizens’ initiative drive in the past decade. Mayville, who was addressing a Zoom group of more than 50 volunteers from all over North Idaho Tuesday, agreed.
Meet the Bonners Ferry High School Class of 2023: In one week, a group of just over a hundred students their teachers agree are exceptionally motivated will receive their diplomas on the field at Kenny Mendenhall Stadium, weather permitting, indoors if inclement, shift the tassel on their mortarboards from right to left, symbolizing the successful completion of one major step and a crossing over into the next phase of life. For perspective, this year the BFHS Class of 1973 will celebrate its 50th reunion, and to them, graduation will seem like yesterday. In 2073, those graduating next week will understand. Here is the BFHS Class of 2023.
Thank Herndon ... killing education in Idaho: Yet another shiny new flyer landed in Idaho District 1 mail boxes this week touting the incredible accomplishments of Senator Scott Herndon in advocating education freedom in Idaho for supporting "No More Lines" legislation, "legislation that cements Idaho's status as a national leader in public school access."
Bonner County man charged after visit to Myrtle Creek: A 73-year-old Ponderay man who brought a neighbor, at her suggestion, on a drive north to visit Myrtle Creek Wednesday is now sitting in the Boundary County Jail on charges that could, if he's convicted, land him in prison for up to five years. According to court records, at about 2:49 p.m. May 24 a call went out of a kidnapping in the area of the Kootenai Wildlife Refuge, drawing a heavy emergency response by the Boundary County Sheriff's Office, Bonners Ferry Police, Boundary Ambulance and North Bench Fire.
Boundary County School District 101 board meeting, 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, district office
Priest Lake homeowners prevail against EPA: Congressman Russ Fulcher (R-ID) issued a statement in support of the Supreme Court ruling in Sackett v. EPA, a case that has far-reaching implications for property owners across the nation and the way “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) are regulated. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of Chantell and Michael Sackett, Priest Lake. 
Air Force major dies in Kuwait: The Department of Defense announced today the death of an Airman who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. Major Stephen Khou, 36, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, died May 24, 2023, in a non-combat related incident at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. The incident is under investigation. 
Hope House launching back-to-school shoe drive: Boundary County Hope House is fundraising to provide new shoes to children in Boundary County as part of the Back to School Bash, a free event for kids to get all the needed supplies to start the school year off right, and asking individuals and local businesses for help in purchasing shoes. 
BCH awarded grant to help pay PA's student loans: People travel to Boundary Community Hospital from across a region of remote, underserved rural towns in North Idaho. The hospital has one rural health clinic to provide primary care and basic mental health care. “Our organization has very limited funding and resources, making recruitment and retention of providers in this area very challenging,” hospital officials wrote recently in an application for a grant that helps rural health care providers pay off their student loans. 
Army vet takes pains to thank landowners for letting him hunt: A grateful Vietnam-era veteran extended his thanks today to two special property owners in somewhat circuitous fashion. Circuitous because the Army veteran, Mike Hill, lives in Florida, and the property owners, Paul and Charlene Wells, live in Bonners Ferry. But the presentation went off without a hitch. 
PHD diabetes education program recognized: The American Diabetes Association, the nation’s leading organization committed to fighting diabetes by driving discovery through research and innovation, intensifying the urgency around the diabetes epidemic and supporting people living with and affected by diabetes, announced the recognition of the Panhandle Health District Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support program through the Education Recognition Program. 
'Snuggle time' with five year olds lands man 15 to life sentence: A Bonners Ferry man who, for a period of about six years beginning when she was five years old, took his granddaughter to his basement room for "snuggle time" when dropped off for visits and did even worse with another juvenile female relative, has been sentenced to 15-years to life in prison. 
Local Democrats hear dire news from Kootenai County Democrat chairman: Saturday night, more than 40 Boundary County Democrats, who gathered in Memorial Hall at the Fairgrounds, heard what one person characterized as “dire news” about politics in Idaho. The speaker was Evan Koch of Spirit Lake, who is the Kootenai County Democratic Central Committee Chairman and First Vice Chairman of Idaho Democratic Central Committee. 
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions 
Sixteen BFHS grads earning more than high school diplomas: Sixteen of the just over 100 Bonners Ferry High School graduates of the Class of 2023 will earn more than just their high school diplomas when they cross the field and shift the tassel on their mortarboard from right to left on Saturday, June 3, nine will also earn Career and Technical Education (CTE) diplomas and seven will earn associate of arts degrees through the North Idaho College dual credit program. 
Creston RCMP investigating theft of guns, ammunition: Police are seeking public assistance to identify the suspects after a number of firearms were stolen from a business early this morning. The Creston RCMP responded to a report of a break and enter at a local business on the 1000 block of Canyon Street. The unknown suspects fled the scene prior to police arrival, but it was discovered that multiple firearms had been stolen along with ammunition. 
Events & Entertainment
David & Teesha bringing their ministry of illusions to town: David and Teesha Laflin will be in Bonners Ferry to present free, family-friendly performances at 7 p.m. June 30 and July 1 in the Becker Auditorium at Bonners Ferry High School. The internationally recognized illusionists' visit is sponsored by Limitless Church, which holds Sunday services in the Becker Auditorium and maintains the Limitless Outpost, 6690 Main Street, Bonners Ferry.
'2 the Border Bike Rally' coming to Porthill: Tony Wade, Bonners Ferry, and Troy Olson, Naples, love motorcycles, love North Idaho and love motorcycle rallies. But, in North Idaho there aren't any rallies, so they found a great location and decided to just do it ourselves. The "2 the Border Bike Rally" is a three-day event taking place July 28-30 at Jake's Landing in Porthill offering motorcyclists of all stripes to enjoy riding the majestic Selkirk Mountains of North Idaho.
Big Sky Bash returning after three-year hiatus: The Big Sky Bash concert event, a popular music festival in Libby, Montana, is back after a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The event, sponsored by the Center for Asbestos Related Disease, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and will be held at J. Neils Park on Saturday, August 5.
Graham Nash to perform at the Panida: Legendary singer/songwriter Graham Nash will perform 60 years of songs and stories at the Panida Theater in Sandpoint at 8 p.m. Friday, July 7. A founding member of both the Hollies and Crosby, Stills and Nash, he is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee who has seen rock history unfold at some of its seminal moments – from the launch of the British Invasion to the birth of the Laurel Canyon movement a year later.
Brothers launch Ground Breakers yard care service: Three hard working young Bonners Ferry brothers; Ethan, 14, Hunter, 12, and Ammon Matthews, 10, have launched "Ground Breakers," offering Bonners Ferry businesses and residents full lawn care, tractor and excavator services through the summer break, working to learn and hone their business skills and to raise money for college.
Deep Creek Farm Stand a throwback to a more neighborly time: The sign says it's a farm stand, its Facebook page says it's a grocery store, but Deep Creek Farm Stand is far, far more than either. Nestled in the beautiful cedars of the former home and studio of Boundary County icons Lew and Jean Mace, it is now a uniquely wonderful "community friendly, happening place," where customers are trusted and the products a testament to the amazing talents and skills of our Boundary County neighbors.
Teascarlet brings her art downtown: Hannah Sucsy, who sold her first artwork at age five and adopted the pen name Teascarlet at age 13, short for the "Tears of Scarlet" she shed painstakingly learning the intricacies of using a variety of media, from crayons and markers as a young girl to charcoal and India ink in her teens, when she began getting commissions. Now she sells her art at her new gallery and studio, "Teascarlet Fine Arts Gallery," which opened at 6389 Kootenai Street in Bonners Ferry April 1.
Sierra Temple nee Spangler coming home soon to practice: Sierra (Spangler) Temple always wanted a career that would be fulfilling, challenging and rewarding, that built her up personally as well as professionally. Since animals hold a very special place in her heart, working with animals was also desired, which made veterinary medicine her perfect fit. When she graduates from Washington State University later this spring, she'll be Dr. Sierra Temple, and she'll be headed back home to practice at Bonners Ferry Veterinary Clinic.
Eight county students earn LCSC honors: A total of 864 students at Lewis-Clark State College earned honor roll distinction for the spring 2023 semester, LC State administrators have announced. Among the honorees, 512 made the President’s List while 352 were named to the Dean’s List. 
Mendenhall honored with BCH Diamond Award: Boundary Community Hospital is proud to award Kristie Mendenhall the bi-annual Diamond Award, celebrating the exceptional compassion and care she provides to patients and their families’ daily. Kristie has worked at BCH for over 30 years; beyond her unwavering dedication to BCH, her outstanding patient care truly sets her apart. She does whatever it takes to ensure her patients receive the best possible care, often going above and beyond the call of duty.
Dinning gets school in Pendleton: The Pendleton School District School Board has selected Kevin Dinning, the son of Dan and Mary Dinning, Bonners Ferry, as the new principal at Washington Elementary School, Pendleton, Oregon. Dinning is currently the Superintendent/Secondary Principal of Ione School District. Prior to that, he served as Boundary County Middle School principal in Bonners Ferry.
No Farm Bureau first baby of spring ... this year, it's babies: Every year, in observance of agriculture, spring and new beginnings, Boundary County Farm Bureau seeks the first baby of spring, and this year is extraordinarily special. Promotion and Education Chair Cassie Olson put out an announcement searching for the first baby of spring and received a handful of names of mothers expecting around March 20, the first day of spring. All but two of the mothers had their babies before March 20.
Curley Qs, Roadrunners congratulate basket winners: The Curley Q’s Homemakers Club and the Roadrunners 4-H Club had their annual Easter Egg Hunt this morning and extend congratulations to this year's basket winners.
BCSD annual sports physicals coming July 25: Boundary Community Hospital is thrilled to announce the continuation of our Free Annual Sports Physicals program in collaboration with Boundary County School District 101, to provide free health screenings to children. These physicals are an essential requirement before students can embark on their exciting journey in BCSD sports, be it robotics, flag football or any other sport.
Fires chiefs hosting a second round of Smoking Balls: The Boundary County Fire Chiefs Association is hosting their Second Annual Smoking Balls Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 17, at Mirror Lake Golf Course in Bonners Ferry. All proceeds from the fundraising event will go to the Boundary County Fire Prevention Cooperative, which helps prevent unwanted human-caused fires through public outreach and education. 
Biggest youth OHV course so far in county held Friday: Last Friday, the Boundary County Sheriff’s Office provided the Idaho State Parks and Recreation Off-Highway-Vehicle (OHV) course to youth in the county. The training is not so much about the legal requirements of riding motorcycles and ATVs, but more about investing in the youth and teaching them skills to help with their riding ability and safety. 
Badger girls 2023 Idaho State golf champs! Braylyn Bayer led the Bonners Ferry Badger girls golf team to a state 3A championship Monday and Tuesday at the Blackfoot Golf Course, Blackfoot, Idaho, with a total gross over the two rounds of 153 for a +9 total to par gross. Her sister, Avery Bayer, finished third with a 162 total gross. As a team, the Badger ladies shot a 739 total gross, Kimberly came in second with 743 and Teton finished third with 811 strokes. 
Local shooters shine at George Conner Rifle Match: On Saturday, May 6, four members of the Kootenai Valley Rifle Club traveled to Spokane to participate in the 52nd annual George Conner Rifle Match. This match is held on the outdoor range at the Spokane Rifle Club. Using .22 smallbore single shot rifles, the course of fire is a Dewar Course, consisting of 20 shots prone at 100 yards and 20 shots prone at 50 yards. Then the shooters continue to shoot a position match at 50 meters, shooting 20 shots in the prone, standing and kneeling positions. 
Letters & Opinion
Thank you for helping me stand: I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to an old friend who caught my arm as I struggled to my feet Saturday for the Bonners Ferry High School Band's excellent rendition of the National Anthem at the Class of 2023 graduation. By Mike Weland
There is no victory in debt ceiling deal: The United States is grappling with a severe spending addiction that shows no signs of abating. Year after year, our government fails to implement responsible budgetary measures, instead opting to borrow more money to fund its excessive expenditures. The recent decision to raise the debt ceiling, while it may help us avoid immediate disaster, does little to change the trajectory of government growth. By Dorothy Moon
Let's hope truth starts lacing up its boots fast: A sure sign the politics of Idaho have changed for the worse is when attacks on good legislators begin weeks after the Legislature adjourns and a full year before the next election. That’s what is happening in our state right now. By Rod Gramer
The steep price of a poisoned body politic: Day by day it becomes more clear that our nation's politics are suffering grievous illness, one side of the political spectrum vociferously accusing the other of being the enemy, of being and championing evil, while theirs embraces lies and conspiracies and does actual ill to our nation, the rule of law and the very constitution upon which this nation is founded. It is certain that there are extremists in any assemblage of ideologies, but at present, there is but one that's allowed the most radical of its members to have hands so high on the reins of power. It's not the Democrats. By Mike Weland
The Great Boundary County Library Scandal: Last summer, Adrienne Norris and Donna Capurso circulated recall petitions which falsely claimed that Library Board members are “further adopting potentially sexualized, pornographic, pervasive [sic] and deviant material into our library.” No recall election ensued because few county residents signed on for the lies. By Timothy Braatz 
Sylvia Elaine Rasmussen passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on May 17, 2023, just after her 84th birthday. A Celebration of Life service will be held for Sylvia at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3, at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1900 Pine Street, Sandpoint. 
Richard Allen "Dick" Solt, 72, passed away April 29, 2023, at Boundary County Hospital. There will be a private family service at a later date. 
A celebration of Paul Rawlings amazing life will be held from noon to around 3 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at the Pearl Theater, 7160 Ash Street, Bonners Ferry. Bring pot luck food, drinks and memories to share. 
John Campbell Schooley, 59, passed away on March 16, 2023 due to multiple health issues. A service will be held for John at noon Friday, March 24, at the LDS Church, 6568 Alderson Lane, Bonners Ferry. A Bay Area memorial service will be planned for July 15, 2023. 
Daniel Joseph Meddock, 78, kind and loving husband, family man and loyal friend passed away peacefully September 12, 2022, in Salem, Oregon, from multiple myeloma cancer. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 23, in Bonners Ferry in the Exhibit Hall at the Boundary County Fairgrounds.

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